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International Top of the Chart - Joe Slows But Still Tops Chart

August 19th, 2009

G.I.Joe remained in top spot on the international chart with $26.12 million on 6875 screens in 49 markets for a total of $91.58 million. The film had only one major opening of note, Germany, but while it finished first there, it still struggled with just $1.74 million on 474 screens. It earned more in South Korea with $2.70 million on 488 screens over the weekend and $10.48 million after two. It added $1.75 million on 514 screens over the weekend in France for a total there of $5.66 million. It had near identical results over the weekend in Japan ($1.36 million on 385 screens) and in the U.K. ($1.35 million on 442 screens) and it now has $6.99 million and $6.32 million in those two markets. So far it is hard to be overly impressed by these results, especially when compared to its production budget. The only way this film gets a sequel is if it is a massive hit on the home market, and even then I think the studio will demand a cut in costs.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince remained in second place with $14.79 million on 7568 screens in 64 markets for a total of $584.87 million internationally and $868.75 million worldwide after a month of release. Its best market of the weekend was France where it added $2.17 million on 900 screens giving it $47.14 million in total. The film just missed first place in Germany with $1.73 million on 908 screens over the weekend for a total of $57.89 million in that market. Meanwhile it has $76.42 million after a month in the U.K., including $1.52 million on 464 screens this past weekend. The film has plenty of milestones left to go, including topping The Chamber of Secrets on the worldwide chart and into fourth place for the franchise.

Ice Age - Dawn of the Dinosaurs became the first animated film to reach $600 million internationally late in the weekend while it is closing in on $800 million worldwide. Over the weekend it made $11.94 million on 6703 screens in 66 markets for totals of $601.69 million internationally and $792.54 million worldwide. This weekend it opened in South Korea but struggled with $1.90 million on 461 screens over the weekend and $2.47 million in total, which was only enough for fourth place. The film opens in Italy at the end of the month, and how well it does there could determine whether or not it tops Finding Nemo's worldwide total of $866.59 million to become the biggest animated hit of all time.

Up fell to fourth place with $10.08 million on 2162 screens in 23 markets for a total of $126.91 million. Its decline was almost entirely due to a lack of major openings and it is showing good legs in most markets. For instance, the film remained strong in France remaining in top spot with $4.46 million on 700 screens over the weekend giving the film $22.50 million in that market after three weeks of release. Meanwhile it slipped to second place in Spain with $2.07 million on 570 screens over the weekend for a total of $22.35 million, also after three. The next major market for the film is Australia, but it doesn't open there till September. Meanwhile, it doesn't end its run till it debuts in Japan at the beginning of December. Worldwide, the film has already made $415.14 million, and with most major markets still ahead of it, it should have little trouble reaching $600 million globally, while it could become just the second Pixar film to pull in $700 million.

As summer comes to a close, we are phasing out the summer schedule and getting back to normal on the international columns. We are not there yet, and we will be getting to the fifth place film, Public Enemies, and the rest of the multi-million dollar hits over the weekend.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Up, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra